In the Zone

Author: J. Mitchell Perry
Publisher: JM Perry Learning Technolog
ISBN: 0809231956
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Business & Economics

Like a runner hitting a stride or an athlete on a winning streak, there are times when everything falls into place. This compelling book reveals how the nation's most effective coaches, athletes, and teams use mental techniques to reach an optimal performance level and how these techniques can be translated in the business environment. Photos & illustrations.

Finding Your Zone

Author: Michael Lardon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440631627
Release Date: 2008-06-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The first research-based program to offer concise, clear ways to realize your best performance. As a therapist, physician, and mental coach, Dr. Michael Lardon has dedicated his career to helping athletes understand and better achieve peak performance. In Finding Your Zone, he shares with readers what he?s discovered about reaching the state in which ?thoughts and actions are occurring in complete synchronicity,? and how this state is accessible to all, not just the few. In ten key lessons?illustrated by personal anecdotes from his clients?Lardon teaches readers how to access the zone not only in sports but in all aspects of their lives, by understanding how to: ? Transform desire into will ? Channel emotions to victory ? Trust instincts and keep it simple ? Conquer fear through acceptance ? Perform under pressure

Power Your Golf Game with Mental Skills for Golf

Author: Jim Andrews PhD
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 9781483510460
Release Date: 2013-10-21
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Power Your Golf Game with Mental Skills for Golf by Jim Andrews, PhD is about Performance Psychology for Sports and Corporate Application. Performance Psychology studies the behavioral factors that influence and enhance performance in the sports and business competitive environment. It targets learning the skills and abilities for a player to achieve optimal performance, personal development, and well-being throughout his or her lifespan. Performance enhancement helps the coach, the team, or the organization and its leaders, managers, and teams. The Performance Psychology approach tailors assessment, skill training, implementation, and evaluation to individuals’ or teams’ specific needs. Implementation targets two main areas: Performance Management The skills to optimize one’s own and others’ performance in the competitive environment include: • Self-Confidence • Goal Setting • Motivation • Pressure Inoculation • Mental Rehearsal Self-Regulation The skills to regulate oneself, or to teach self-regulation to others, in a demanding environment. These skills include: • Self-Awareness • Stress Management • Thought Control • Attention/Concentration Control • Attitude Regulation • Anger Management Benefits Learn mental skills and strategies that refine, improve and enhance performance. Learn the mental skills and abilities to achieve optimal performance, personal development, and well-being throughout one’s lifespan Samples of Individual Clinics Clinic One: Self-Confidence, Goal Setting and Motivation, and Designing Self-Confidence When self-confidence is lacking, everything is an effort. You doubt yourself; you hesitate, get frustrated, and get angry. Wouldn’t it be nice to design self-confidence rather than let it be elusive? Clinic Two: Tension Management and Pressure Management There are optimal levels of tension necessary for peak performance: Too little tension creates a loss of focus; too much tension creates a narrowness of focus – and both types of tension are harmful to performance. Tension can be managed to produce the optimal level for peak performance. Clinic Three: Mental Rehearsal and Strategies Visualization has many forms and several uses. The best way to think about visualization? Use your imagination to “Mentally Rehearse.” Mental rehearsal is the process where you imagine your shot in whatever way you can: an image, a feeling, or a thought. If you can use all three in the correct sequence (a “Ritual Strategy”), it is most powerful. Use it to practice your swing in your head, pre- shot shaping, and desensitization to pressure situations. Practicing in your head requires a subjective mental rehearsal of your successful stroke and is 80% as effective as real practice. Clinic Four: Thought Control, Attention, and Concentration Control Imagine being on the first tee and saying to yourself, “Don’t hit it in the water.” The mind doesn’t hear the negative (“don’t”); instead, the mind hears only the outcome or the object. Therefore, you have to keep positive outcomes in mind, not only in your visualizations but also in your use of thoughts and especially language. This clinic teaches the use of positive outcomes in thoughts, language, and visualizations. Clinic Five: Surge and Recover through Self Coaching Self-coaching teaches you how to surge when you are in the zone and how to recover quickly when you are heading downward. It is the ability to catch the cues of moving into less-effective performance and to quickly recover to the optimal performance zone. What are the cues? They can be variations in muscle tension and breathing, thought and language usage, or changes in ritual strategies, visualization, and focus. You need to recover quickly when you catch the cues. Dr. Jim Andrews Clinics are available worldwide.

The Psychology of Executive Coaching

Author: Bruce Peltier
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1583910727
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Psychology

Many practitioners struggle to find ways to blend their skills with the corporate environment. This title provides practical skills and applications for mental health professionals who want to break into the field of executive coaching.

Leadership Blind Spots and What To Do About Them

Author: Karen Blakeley
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470512210
Release Date: 2007-06-29
Genre: Business & Economics

Knowledge is built from personal experience and coloured by our needs and values. It follows that all knowledge is personal and incomplete. We all suffer from ‘blind spots’. But when leaders have them, it matters. To guide people on a journey of continuous learning, understanding and adapting to events as they occur, leaders must overcome their own blind spots and those of their organization. Any leader who implements the practices outlined in this book will immediately improve their ability to perform in today’s competitive global environment. Karen Blakeley provides in-depth analysis of how leaders learn on the job - and what gets in the way. Most importantly she offers a systematic approach for accelerating leaders’ learning capacity - and maximising their performance potential.


Author: Thompson, Kevin
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 9781450421232
Release Date: 2014-08-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Pacing: Individual Strategies for Optimal Performance examines the science, strategies, and application of pacing in sports. Coaches, athletes, and students of sport will learn to assess, develop, and implement effective pacing strategies for 13 sports, including running, cycling, triathlon, soccer, and basketball.

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Author: Shane M. Murphy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199731763
Release Date: 2012-09-06
Genre: Medical

The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology describes current research findings in the study of human performance: what makes performance excellent and what can go wrong? For the first time in one volume, experts from all fields of performance are brought together, covering domains including sports, the performing arts, business, executive coaching, the military, and other applicable, high-risk professions.

The Athlete Within You

Author: Mike Margolies
ISBN: 0615507980
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

When it comes to being successful how well are you playing the Game within the Game? Want to be a World-Class Athlete in your business and personal pursuits? The same core principles (e.g. Motivation, Confidence, Relaxation, Visualization) that make stars of committed athletes, apply to developing true business acumen and success. Do you understand the difference between external and internal motivation? Do you know how to apply the right kind of focus to achieve goals? Do you have what it takes to stay the course in the tough spots and in the 11th hour? Ultimately, if we are too succeed with more control and under stress, we must learn that it is more important to be able to push our own button, than to rely on others to do it for us. Mental self-mastery has been the focus of Mike Margolies work as a coach, counselor, teacher, trainer, sport psychology and performance consultant for over 30 years. Athletes from professional football to elite level figure skating and every sport in between have been seeking out Mike Margolies as the Sport Psychology and Performance Consultant he is for over three decades for his expertise in helping them become masters of the mental game. He was training professional and elite athletes before he was twenty-two and has helped guide many to world championships and even the Superbowl. In the last 35 years, Mike has coached almost 2000 athletes, taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. "By finding the inner athlete in all of us, whether we're on the field or court, on the mountain, in the water, or simply in the boardroom, Mike challenges athletes, sports enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike to find their inner game and strive for their personal best. Knowledge, teamwork, focus, and determination, are definitely what it takes to compete in today's rapidly evolving business climate. Survival of the fittest is the mantra for best business practices as well as athletes. Steven Kinsbursky, President Kinsbursky Brothers Inc." Beyond working with high-level athletes, Mike has helped nationally recognized companies build great sales and project teams with the help of the same types of strategies he has used in working with sports teams. "The Athlete within You" is for all of the athletes and businesses out there working to achieve more, by using psychological skills training for success. Mastering the Mental Game is what it takes and what this book is all about. Mike Margolies can be found at, Twitter @TheMentalGame and on Facebook. Edited by: Deborah Drake Cover by: Jon Knight


Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061876721
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Psychology

THE BESTSELLING CLASSIC ON 'FLOW' – THE KEY TO UNLOCKING MEANING, CREATIVITY, PEAK PERFORMANCE, AND TRUE HAPPINESS Legendary psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this new edition of his groundbreaking classic work, Csikszentmihalyi ("the leading researcher into ‘flow states’" —Newsweek) demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness, unlock our potential, and greatly improve the quality of our lives. "Explores a happy state of mind called flow, the feeling of complete engagement in a creative or playful activity." —Time

Body Mind and Sport

Author: John Douillard
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 9780307803085
Release Date: 2018-08-14
Genre: Health & Fitness

Until recently, the effortless "Zone" of peak performance was only within the reach of serious athletes. Now, with Body, Mind, and Sport, anyone can reach the Zone, regardless of fitness level. Designed to accommodate a variety of individual fitness needs, the Body, Mind, and Sport program is split into two levels. Level 1 is for non-athletes who want to improve overall fitness; Level 2 is for those who want to train for competitive or recreational purposes. Your own unique mind-body type is taken into account to guide you in achieving your personal best without stress or strain. In this revised and updated edition of Body, Mind, and Sport, fitness expert and trainer John Douillard outlines a program in which your individual seasonal constitution-Winter, Spring, or Summer-determines what exercises or sports are best suited to your mind-body type and what foods you should eat for optimum results. Using the Body, Mind, and Sport approach you can decrease heart and breath rates while improving both fitness and performance. Dozens of world-class athletes, including Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, have used John Douillard's expert breathing techniques, dietary recommendations, and seasonally balanced workouts. Now you can, too! From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Rise of Superman

Author: Steven Kotler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781477800836
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Business & Economics

Using years of research and interviews with adventure sports athletes, the New York Times best-selling author of Abundance and A Small, Fury Prayer attempts to unlock the secrets to ultimate human performance and the state of consciousness called “flow." 25,000 first printing.

Welcome To The Zone

Author: Scott Ford
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 9781478706526
Release Date: 2013-12-10
Genre: Sports & Recreation

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Flow in Sports

Author: Susan A. Jackson
Publisher: Human Kinetics
ISBN: 0880118768
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Education

Describes how athletes reach a high level of performance in which they feel perfectly attuned toward their sport

The Corporate Athlete

Author: Jack L. Groppel
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0471409782
Release Date: 2000-12-25
Genre: Self-Help

"As Jack Groppel so aptly explains, the rigor of corporate athletics is often even more demanding than that of professional athletes. In my world, one does not have the luxury of an off-season. This book is a must-read for all those striving for the gold." -Arthur M. Blank, CEO and President, The Home Depot "Today's challenging business climate requires every top executive to be perfectly fit both mentally and physically. The Corporate Athlete is must reading for everyone who wants to manage his or her business, career, or profession effectively while living a balanced life. Buy it-it's a great investment." -Leonard Lauder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.